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Religious Studies

125 Carolina Hall, CB# 3225
(919) 962-5666

First Session, 2020

RELI 140 Religion in America (3)

MAYMESTER. An introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present. Honors version available.

RELI 201 Ancient Biblical Interpretation (3)

ONLINE. The course looks at the origins of biblical interpretation, how the Hebrew Bible was interpreted around the turn of the Common Era, the key formative period for early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. We consider the nature of interpretation as an endeavor, as well as how the Bible came to be viewed as Scripture.

RELI 246 Supernatural Encounters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and the Occult in the Americas (3)

MAYMESTER.  This course examines accounts of supernatural beings such as zombies and vampires and aims to understand them as popular ways of making sense of the world in the context of uneven and frequently unsettling processes of modernization, neoliberalism, and globalization.

RELI 283 The Buddhist Tradition:  India, Nepal, and Tibet (ASIA 300) (3)

ONLINE. Examines the diverse beliefs, practices, and cultures associated with Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Topics include Buddhism’s development and spread, the cultural dynamics of Himalayan societies, monasticism, folk religion, revivalism, tourism, gender, globalization, and the role of the state in shaping Buddhist life and culture.

Second Session, 2020

RELI 162 Catholicism Today:  An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church (3)

ONLINE.  This course provides students with a first glimpse and insight into the Catholic tradition, past, present, and future: its beliefs, structure, aims, successes, and failures.

RELI 208 The Birth of Christianity (3)

An analysis of the origin of the Christian church and its early expansion, with particular emphasis on the problems evident in the shift from a Jewish to a Gentile framework. Paul’s role in defining and resolving the issues is considered in detail and evaluated in the light of subsequent events.

RELI 226 Human Animals in Religion and Ethics (3)

This course investigates the figure of the human animal in religion and philosophy. What kind of animal is the human, and what separates humans from animals? We will consider how attending to distinctions between humans and animals can highlight varying ideological and religious viewpoints.

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